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Should You Paint Concrete Patios or Wood Decks? Seal Smart Explains


Homeowner painting a wood deck with a brush

Seal Smart prides itself on proven technology that seals wood and concrete. We’re so confident in our workmanship that our wood deck sealant comes with a 25-year warranty! Today, we take a look at whether or not you should paint your concrete patio or wooden deck.

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What Are You Trying to Achieve?

The first thing you want to ask yourself is: What are you trying to achieve by painting your concrete patio or wooden deck? 

  • Do you want to revamp your outdoor element completely? 
  • Are you trying to cover up some signs of aging? 
  • Do you want to refresh the look? 
  • Are you attempting to match, complement, or contrast the color scheme of your home? 
  • Do you want to touch-up a few areas just before selling the property? 

The Seal Smart team can give you tips and tricks for painting concrete and wood for a lasting finish, no matter what reason you have for undertaking this project.

Pick the Right Products

Remember the phrase Caveat emptor. Buyer beware. Not all products for painting concrete or outdoor wood are the same. Look for professional-grade products that come with robust warranties of 10 years or more. You’ll also want to find products that penetrate deep into the wood or concrete to help preserve them for decades to come. Always pick a paint that’s made for concrete rather than ordinary paint. Otherwise, it won’t last long at all.

Concrete Is Fickle

Concrete is fickle when it comes to painting it. You’ll need a special kind of paint for your patio. Rather than paint, think about redoing your patio with a layer of stucco. Experts can mix concrete paint with mortar to ensure the color stays embedded in the concrete before applying it. That way, you’ll have long-lasting color for decades to come without worrying about the paint wearing off the surface of the concrete.

Repair, Clean, and Seal FIRST

Another thing to consider is preserving the wooden deck or concrete patio. You’ll want to repair, clean, and seal the deck or patio BEFORE covering it with paint. Many paint products say to clean the surfaces ahead of painting it for best results (and so the product warranty remains intact). 

What’s the best way to clean and seal your concrete patio or wooden deck? With a professional job done by Seal Smart! Our technicians use high-quality, proprietary materials that preserve wood and concrete. Our wood sealant soaks into the wood itself (rather than staying on the surface, like paint) and carries a 25-year warranty. 

Yes, paint does have some properties that preserve your outdoor deck or patio. However, it’s not nearly as effective as a professional-grade sealant that seeps into wood or concrete.

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High-Quality Deck or Patio Sealants From Seal Smart

Interested in preserving your deck or patio for years or decades to come? Talk to the professional team at Seal Smart. We’ll come to your place, give you a quote, answer any questions you have, and take care of your outdoor space. Contact Seal Smart online or call 1-877-273-2511 for more information or to request a free quote.